SPY SHOP MYSTERIES
A Spy Shop Mystery Novella
Once a successful HR executive who plummeted off the corporate ladder, Xena Cali relocates to Galveston Island, Texas, and opens the Paradise Lost Spy Shop and a private investigation practice in the gritty Strand Historical District. Xena uncovers and must overcome several challenges related the store’s former “residents.” At the same time, business owners are on edge about of a string of recent burglaries. A rag-tag crime watch group makes solving the case harder and weirder.
A Spy Shop Mystery
Now available! Book #1 in the series. Xena’s latest case has her headed to the Biological and Aquatic Research Labs (BARL) where a popular marine biologist was found dead in a large tank with an octopus named Fred wrapped around her body. The police think Fred did it, but the victim’s manager knows he’s innocent and has hired Xena to find the killer before Fred is euthanized in two weeks.
A Spy Shop Mystery
Coming in December! Book #2 in the series. Honeymooners hoping to find a quiet spot for a romantic picnic instead discover the dead body of a bird-watching guide. The murder rattles the local birding association as they prepare for the yearly influx of Sandhill Cranes and the wanna-be ornithologists who flock to the island to watch them. With the “Pelican Man” as their sidekick, Xena and her team explore the dark side of birding and the tenuous relationship between commerce and nature to solve the case.
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My love of mystery, adventure, and imaginative satire fuels my work. I’m my first customer and a dork who laughs at her own jokes. I’ve always loved this type of entertainment but gravitate to it more now because I live with chronic, incurable cancer. I’m thankful to have an enhanced perspective on the value and importance of living fully now – smelling the roses and laughing when I inhale a gnat who had the same idea. P.S. Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere anytime soon and have many more books in me.
I earned an MFA from Goddard Collage to hone my writing skills and hang around poets and novelists. I have published over a dozen nonfiction books and a collection of creative nonfiction essays. Toxic Octopus is the first book in the Spy Shop Mystery Series and Ghost Rat is a novella and the series prequel. I am working on the second book in the series, which will be out in late 2017. Check out my blog, Mystery and Mirth, for regular updates and humorous posts.
In addition to writing fiction, I write nonfiction business books and provide consulting and speaking services in the following areas: Human resources, organization development, management, leadership, talent management, change leadership and personal and organizational success.